PULLMAN, Wash. — Warwick M. Bayly, professor of veterinary clinical
sciences, has been named interim dean of Washington State University’s
College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Bayly succeeds the previous interim dean, Terry McElwain, professor of
veterinary microbiology and pathology. Dr. McElwain, who had been interim
dean since the retirement of Dean Emeritus Borje Gustafsson in 1998, is going
on sabbatical leave to study in Australia.
Bayly, 47, has been at WSU for more than 20 years and in 1995 was the named
the first four-year Robert B. McEachern Distinguished Professor in Equine
Medicine. He has also served as the college’s associate dean for continuing
education and interim chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
“The faculty of WSU’s veterinary college warmly supported this
appointment,” said Rom J. Markin, interim WSU provost and academic vice
president. “Dr. Bayly brings to the post considerable enthusiasm, solid
administrative skills, and strong background and experience in research and
academics. I have every confidence that he will bring good vision and
leadership to the college.”
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Bayly earned his veterinary degree from
Melbourne University in 1974. He served residencies in equine medicine and
surgery at both Texas A & M and Ohio State Universities. While at Ohio State,
he also earned a master’s degree in 1979. In 1999, Bayly earned a doctorate
from the Universite de Liege in Belgium.
Bayly’s appointment is indefinite while a search for a permanent dean
“Dean searches for veterinary colleges are hampered nationwide by a lack of
qualified applicants who must choose between an academic administrative
career path versus more lucrative career paths in other sectors of veterinary
medicine,” said Bayly.
He adds, “However, the lack of a permanent dean does not appear to have
halted progress or productivity within this college. We’re fortunate that we’ve
got a mature and stable faculty who are very effective at instruction, highly
productive from a research perspective, and continue to get the job done very
well. That is what makes our college of veterinary medicine so good, not the
person in the dean’s chair.”